I liked dinosaurs as a kid. I bet you also liked dinosaurs as a kid. I remember having a Jurassic Park T-Rex toy and pretending to feed it my action figures. It is almost impossible to talk about animated dino shows like Dino-Riders without talking about toys. Many animated series were and still are long toy ads. The old dinosaur cartoon shows were not an exception. In any case, let’s talk about old prehistoric cartoon shows!
Dinosaucers is an exception to the rule. There were originally plans to release a Dinosaucers toyline, and prototype figures were produced. However, the line was scrapped after the show was cancelled. The show is now remembered mostly for it’s awesome theme song and intro.
Without hearing/understanding the actual dialogue, Dinosaucers episode 1 is really confusing. There is never a real background story apart from these few facts:
1. Dinosaucers hate Tyrannos
2. Tyrannos are stupid and have a ray gun that can make others stupid.
3. Dinosaucers can dinovolve.
4. Secret Scouts are stronger than the Planeteers
Dino-Riders was produced to promote Tyco toys. Look at this picture. Tyco knew their stuff. Prehistoric creatures with lasers fighting each other is a cool concept for both toys and our imagination. Apparently, if you any of the Ice Age Adventures series of action figures, they are quite rare.
The Land Before Time (1988)
In 1988, the first Land Before Time movie was playing in movie theaters across the world. In this animated movie, dinosaurs were not portrayed as terrifying blood thirsty creatures. Littlefood and his gang are cute and friendly. As a result, normal parents began to approve of their children love for prehistoric birds/reptiles. Of course, nerdy fathers never disapproved of prehistoric fascination. In the wake of The Land Before Time, Denver, the Last Dinosaur and Dink, the Little Dinosaur profited from the world’s love of Land Before Time.
Denver, the Last Dinosaur (1988-1989)
The Land Before Time film explored issues of prejudice between the different species. Denver also spoke to the youth about race issues. It showed a group of interracial American teens hanging out with an a rad dinosaur named Denver for a entire 65 episodes.
Like all animated series, Denver had it’s own toys. The rocking dinosaur also as used to promote Knott’s Berry Farm Kingdom of the Dinosaurs attraction and Ralston-Purina’ cereal brand Dinersaurs. How many cartoons except for the Flinstones promote cereal brands?
Dink, the Little Dinosaur (1989-1991)
Dink, the Little Dinosaur is essentially a plagiary of The Land Before Time. Dink and Littlefoot are both baby brontosaurus. The main characters have cute Pteranodon sidekicks. They have friendly adventures. I just wish I could get a glimpse of their Factasaurus clips. The Factasaurus (I assumed he is a dinosaur) would teach kids about dinosaurs.
Moving on to the 90’s
After 1991, fans of televised dinosaurs were still being satisfied. It wasn’t because of Barney. It was because the cartoons were still flowing from the animation studios. Also, the first Jurassic Park came out in 1993.
Dinosaurs TV series (1991-1994)
This isn’t a cartoon at all but one of the most memorable sitcoms of the early 90s. It’s success was almost garanteed since it was conceptualized by Jim Henson right before he died. The show was a satire of current society and played with themes such as agnosticism, racism, sexism, etc. The most memorable character was obviously Baby Sinclair because of his “Not The Mama” antics.
The Adventures of T-Rex (1992–1993)
The Adventures of T-Rex is one of those musical cartoons. It is kind of like a more “bad-ass” version of the California Raisins. Unlike many dinosaur cartoons, the setting of the Adventure of T-Rex is an anthropomorphic dinosaur world. Another thing, I find funny is that the heroes’ special powers are related to a specific part of their anatomy. You got Bernie’s legs, Bruno’s arms, Bubba’s tail, Buck’s mouth and teeth, and Bugsy’s telekinetic eyes. The tyrannosaurus brothers were just born that way! I haven’t watched much of this series yet, because I’d be spending too much time watching cartoons instead of writing blog posts. I actually do spend too much time watching cartoons online for free.
Jurassic Park Craze (1993)
Jurassic Park is a movie that everyone has seen. I believe it continued the dinosaur tv series craze in animation. If you haven’t noticed there has been at least 10 animated series where dinos have played an important role. To my knowledge this blockbuster didn’t inspire any animated series, but I do remember both the awesome Sega Genesis game and the theme song. I also might have had a dream about Jurassic Park but I might just be imagining scenarios involving my action figures.
Got to love those drum covers!
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (1993-1994)
This might be the only comic book cartoon series that was produced after the release of a successful video game. The premise of the animated series does resemble Jurassic Park. In any case, I am really sad by the fact the series only lasted 13 episodes. First, the animation is amazing for a TV series produced in 1993. Second, the plot is awesome. The heroes drive cool cars and are friends with dinosaurs. The villain is a fat capitalist lady who hates animals and trees. The heroes and villains fight mostly on the political level. Overall, if there is one show you need to watch from the old dinosaur tv series, watch one of the best cartoons ever. You won’t be disappointed.
Street Sharks (1994-1995) and Extreme Dinosaurs (1997)
Matel produced both Extreme Dinosaurs and Street Sharks as toy advertisements. I am pretty sure Street Sharks ended up being a better television series. The Extreme Dinosaurs a.k.a. Dino Vengers were even featured on an episode of Street Sharks.
The Leo Awards are a celebration of British Columbia’s television, animation, and movie industries. I haven’t seen any amazing Canadian cartoons in a while, so I figured I’d take a look at the 2013 animation nominees. I didn’t watch all of them because who really wants to spend an hour watching a movie that was made just to sell Mattel toys.
I once stumbled home after a party and decided to pass out in front of Slugterra. I fell asleep pretty fast. In my opinion, it’s just another Pokemon/Digimon remake. Guy catches pets, carries them around in a gun and makes them fight for glory. It doesn’t even win any points for the animation, but I’m biased against 3d animation. I just don’t find it appealing.
I find it weird that they have been nominated and won so many Leo Awards. What am I not seeing? Should I have given this series a sober chance?
I was hunting for some new cartoons and I landed on Rocket Monkeys. After my experience with Sanjay and Craig, I wasn’t to keen on watching another series that looked random and wacky.
Though there are lot of fart jokes in Rocket Monkeys, it certainly deserves the best animation award. I haven’t watched the other series so hopefully I won’t need to retract it.
Animism: The Gods’ Lake
I would love to love Aninism: The Gods’ Lake. It mixes Native American legends with an eco-friendly message. In some ways, it’s a cooler version of Adventures from the Book of Virtues. Actually, it really isn’t the same except for the buffalo character and talking animals.
Adventures from the Book of Virtues – Cincinnatus
My main issue with Animism is that the animation is really choppy. It looks as if they were lazy or lacked budget, instead of the stylish effect I’m assuming they were going for. The first few episodes have a lot of dialogue and it really emphasizes this weird animation decision.
This shares one thing with Animism that I like. 1001 Nights retells classic stories. The title makes it pretty obvious. I was only able to watch the one episode they have accessible on their home page. It’s one of those annoying websites hat auto-play music so I’m warning you after I post the link.
The available episode is suppositly about Sinbad. It’s really weird because I was expecting this:
Instead I got a weird bumbling merchant Sinbad. I don’t know what to think of this new guy, or maybe the old cartoon and TV series surrounding the sailor have been very misleading.
Max Steel: Monstrous Alliance
Max Steel is one of those 3D cartoons that looks and sounds nice but has no real substance. I’m guessing it was developed to sell toys by Mattel. The premise is similar to Cartoon Network’s hit Ben 10. There’s a kid, he has a alien and scientist friends, and there are people who want to fight him. I would love this show if I was still in elementary school.
Monstrous Alliance is a movie they produce for the series. I did not waste my time watching it. I opted instead to watch 10 minutes of the real show before judging it.
There were some other Canadian animation nominates for Leo Awards that I did not have time to watch. You can see the full list of nominees including regular Canadian TV series on their official site
It’s officially been declared a few days ago that there will be no new Planet Hulk movie by AICN. The rumors started at the Latino Review has been effectively hulk smashed. I’m not going to say that I am horribly disappointed. As a big fan of original Planet Hulk movie, I hope that this hype has brought it some more attention. I’m kind of hoping that for Avengers 2, they decide to infect Hulk with a virus and reenact the events of World War Hulk… The background story
In any case, it seems like the main issue lies with Marc Ruffalo. The new Bruce Banner has signed a contract for 6 years with Marvel, and would not be able to be featured in Planet Hulk. Why? If you haven’t read the comics or watched the Planet Hulk movie, the reason is that Bruce Banner is simply not featured in that story arc. Dr. Banner is so pissed off from being shot off into space that he simply remains in Hulk form the whole time.
In any case, for those who are whining, just pick up the animated movie. It’s worth the watch and you’ll get your new Planet Hulk movie. Any more you have not yet seen is new in my book.
Two sisters called Kiersten and Stephanie, Sally Robos on Youtube, made this really cool fan song about Bruce Banner. It kind of makes him out to be a bit more emotional then I believe he truly is, but that’s just my interpretation of the man behind the Incredible Hulk. Also, I thought Bruce Banner lives in a cabin in the wild so that he could avoid people, not a manor! In fact, in my nerdy opinion, they might have made more than just one mistake in their depiction of Bruce Banner. Either way, the song is cure and I’ve listened to it way too much.
I’m not going to lie. The song scared me at one point, so be prepared to jump.
The Bruce Banner Song Lyrics
My Name is Bruce Banner
I’m usually in my manor
I’m really one of the nicest guys
But I have a secret that’s too big to hide
Today I’d like to raise a family
But no house is big enough to hide me
If my kids ever threw a fit
Well, that would be the end of it
So going back to my big secret
It all started when I got hit
With an experiment
That ran away
And quickly changed my DNA
Wish I could be just an ordinary scientist
But now if I get angered, even in the slightest
This flash of light
And my close get tight
And they think I might
One the best cartoon theme songs is from one of the greatest cartoons of the millennium, Adventure Time. It was written the creator of the show Pendleton Ward. The rest of the music from the cartoon has been written by Ashley Eriksson, Casey James Basichis, and Tim Kiefe.
Adventure Time Theme Song
The song is really catchy. It’s essentially the same theme as the animated short that was produced before Pendleton Ward’s cartoon began to air on Cartoon Network. There are of course some differences. In fact, only acoustic guitar and voice are present in the pilot’s theme. There’s actually no acoustic guitar in the real theme song, Ward decided to switch to a ukulele and the pitch of his voice is a bit higher to compensate. Ward talks in detail about the production of the intro in this interview
Adventure Time Theme Song Lyrics
It’s ad-venture time,
c’mon grab your friends,
we’ll go to very
With Jake the dog and
Finn the hu-man, the
fun will never
end, it’s adventure
Adventure Time Intro
Fiona and Cake Song
One alternate version of the theme was used in the Fionna and Cake episode. Natasha Allegri replaces Ward on the vocals and the lyrics change slightly to make the new characters.
It’s ad-venture time,
c’mon grab your friends,
we’ll go to very
With Cake the cat and
Fionna the hu-man, the
fun will never
end, it’s adventure
Adventure Time Chords
G It’s ad-venture time, D c’mon grab your friends, C we’ll go to very D distant lands. G With Jake the dog and D Finn the hu-man, the C fun will never D end, it’s adventure G time!
It’s pretty easy to play the Adventure Time song chords on either guitar or ukuelele. However, to play the theme song in it’s integrity, more than one instrument is needed to match the music that plays before the actual song part of the intro begins.
How To Play the Adventure Time Song
There are some really good tutorials on how to play the adventure time song on both ukulele and guitar. These ones are great for beginners that need more than just a list of chords to get the phrasing right.
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